POLITICAL observations & opinions

* John McCain … “There will be no cooperation for the rest of the year.” … the Republican party of NO continues to refuse to participate responsibly in governing our country

Posted by Lew Weinstein on March 23, 2010

John McCain says NO in advance of any vote

from FIRST READ (https://mail.google.com/mail/?shva=1#inbox/1278b4dccb33935d) …

  • McCain vs. The White House: On the issue of immigration, we’ve long wondered whether John McCain — who is facing a primary challenge this year from the right — would end up working with the White House.
  • Well, we got an answer yesterday. “There will be no cooperation for the rest of the year,” McCain told an Arizona radio station, per the Washington Post. “They have poisoned the well in what they’ve done [on health care] and how they’ve done it.”
  • That remark prompted this response from White House adviser David Axelrod: “You know, that’s okay on the sandlot, but that’s not really okay when you’re trying to govern a country and move a country forward. It’s a disappointing attitude.”
  • And that drew this blistering comment from McCain’s spokeswoman: “Sen. John McCain will always stand on the side of the American people. Get used to it, Mr. Axelrod, that’s what strong, independent members do — you’d know that if you had ever worked for one.”


There are some people who simply cannot accept the results of elections, for the Presidency or in Congress. Often, when they can’t effectively respond with intelligent comment on the issues, such people resort to snide comments and calling their opponents names; this is always a sign of weakness.



6 Responses to “* John McCain … “There will be no cooperation for the rest of the year.” … the Republican party of NO continues to refuse to participate responsibly in governing our country”

  1. Bob Lurer said


    I have no idea if Lew is watching too much MSNB or his thoughts connecting racism to this president or to the atmosphere that currently exists in the country today, and in the interests of fair disclosure, an opinion, by the way which I share, but I thought I’d post a recent article from the Southern Poverty Law Center, a group whose purposes includes the tracking of hate groups and hate speech.

    Earlier this month, my SPLC colleagues and I were privileged to stand with U.S. Rep. John Lewis at the Civil Rights Memorial as he led a bipartisan congressional delegation in laying a wreath in honor of those who lost their lives in our country’s epic battle for equality.

    The ceremony was held on the eve of the 45th anniversary of “Bloody Sunday,” that Sunday back in March of 1965 when Lewis and other civil rights advocates were beaten and tear-gassed by baton-wielding state troopers as they crossed the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Ala., on a march in support of voting rights.

    The pictures of the bloodied marchers pricked the conscience of the nation. Thousands of people of all races and faiths flocked to Selma and joined Lewis, Dr. King, and the people of the Black Belt of Alabama as they resumed the march for justice. As Dr. King explained, “If the worst in American life lurked in [Selma’s] dark street[s], the best of American instincts arose passionately from across the nation to overcome it.”

    On March 25 — 45 years ago today — the marchers reached the state capitol in Montgomery. Their courage, their example, inspired the introduction and passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, legislation that transformed our nation.

    This past Sunday, Lewis was involved in another march. Along with other members of Congress, he walked up to Capitol Hill to cast a vote for health-care reform, another important piece of legislation with the potential to transform our nation.

    But once again, Lewis was confronted with the ugly stain of racism. Angry “tea party” protesters shouted racial slurs at him and Rep. Andre Carson of Indiana. Another black congressman, Rep. Emanuel Cleaver of Missouri, was spit on. Rep. Barney Frank, an openly gay congressman, was the target of anti-gay epithets.

    Lewis said that the protesters at the Capitol reminded him of the angry mobs that confronted him during the ugly days of civil rights movement in the 1960s.

    The question now is whether America will respond as it did 45 years ago when it saw the pictures of the racism at the Edmund Pettus Bridge.

    Will people of good faith — of all races and faiths — stand with Rep. Lewis and reject the politics of hate? Or will the angry mob, fueled by racism and demagoguery, continue to swell?

    Will “the best of American instincts,” to use Dr. King’s words from 45 years ago, once again arise “passionately from across the nation to overcome” the hate and fear that threatens to engulf us?

  2. Bob Lurer said

    I remember a lecture given by my Political Science professor who before he left the State Department, was a Consular Officer stationed in Montevideo, Uruguay. He said and supported by example after example the political theory that in order for Democracy or a Representative Democracy to succeed, a country needed to have an educated mass. I fear that our previous educated mass is dwindling. They listen to canard after canard after canard by the right and extreme right and seem to believe every word without any form of independent verification on their part. Even the press no longer seems to fact check. Get the story out first and fast and worry about the facts later, seems to be the new watchword of the Third Estate. Media reports have become replete with false or misleading stories. Talk about Yellow Journalism.


  3. Lew Weinstein said

    BOB … what’s troubling to me is that much of the opposition to Obama is not on the issues or the policies (much of what Obama has done is totally consistent with recent and historical Republican proposals). What we are seeing is, at its core, ugly racial bigotry. The Republicans and their far-right supporters are fanatically intent on proving that a black man cannot succeed as president. The very opposite, of course, is playing out before our eyes, as Barack Obama moves resolutely along a path to become one of the best first-term presidents in American history. Our job is to help our president, and our country, succeed, by supporting policies that make sense and constructively criticizing what we think doesn’t. I believe the Republican party of NO will bury itself in this fall’s elections … LEW

    • Chris said

      Lew… You are watching too much MSNBC! I have not heard anyone talk about disliking the president because of his color. That is an in correct statement and shame on you for continuing those accusations. Where was your outrage when the left was doing the same and worse to the republicans? Don’t be a hypocrite. The tea party is not a racist group or anti Semitic or homophobic. There are people who dislike others because those things but to label a group like the republicans or the tea party as supporting that hate you are wrong period. One more point they are just words grow you left wing babies.

  4. Chris said

    I thought the left was better than that. The truth is the left is no better than the right you all act like self righteous politicians disconnected from the reality of average Americans. You profess to know what is best for everyone because of your education and you’re standing or political affiliation. If republicans are the party of no then the democrats are the party of yes to all that makes bigger government. We are being driven to financial ruin. Like the saying goes “so goes California so goes the country”

    • Bob Lurer said

      It just seems to me that all of us in this country need to understand that elections have consequences. Politicians on the right are acting as petulant children. When George W. Bush won the election, as disputed as it was, the reply from the Republicans was, “You guys lost – get over it.” I’m old enough to remember that during the Viet Nam War protests of the 60’s, we protestors were told by the right, “America – Love it or Leave it” and “If your heart isn’t in America, get your ass out.” I think the same should apply to the Republicans to whom I say, “1.) You guys lost – get over it; 2.) America – Love it or Leave it; and 3) If your heart isn’t in America, get your ass out.

      The Republican are determined to be truculent every day that President Obama is in the White House and every day that the Democrats control Congress. I’m far from happy with the actions or lack of action taken by the Democrats but the job of both sides is governing. That’s what we pay them to do and that’s what needs to be done. So I repeat, elections have consequences.


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